KV331 Audio offers the SynthMaster One virtual synthesizer for iOS as a FREE download until November 30th, 2022.
You can now get the complete SynthMaster experience on iPhone and iPad (or at least close to it) for free.
I haven’t spent much time with any iOS music-making apps other than GarageBand and iMPC Pro 2 for capturing ideas on the go. Although, to be honest, my usual version of capturing ideas on the go tends to be whistling into Voice Memos, forgetting about it for months, then wondering what the hell it is when I find it again.
So, with limited experience, SynthMaster One looks pretty in-depth for an iOS app – if there are similarly detailed instruments/apps available, let me know in the comments.
The iOS version is almost identical to the desktop version in terms of features and functions. The two main differences are that the app offers sixteen voice polyphony and 650 presets, while the desktop version provides 32 voice polyphony and 1250 presets.
650 presets is an extensive selection by any standard, and you can find what you need quickly with a clever preset browser.
SynthMaster One for iOS boasts an impressive set of features, including real-time modulation feedback, stereo oscillators with up to sixteen voices Unison, zero delay feedback filters, and a 32-step arpeggiator/sequencer.
I remember being a teenager with a Nokia 3210, impressed by the built-in Snake game, like it was yesterday. The idea of powerful wavetable synthesis and sophisticated music-making software on my phone would probably have seemed like the stuff of science fiction back then.
SynthMaster One’s semi-modular architecture delivers two oscillators, two sub-oscillators, two filters, four ADSR envelopes, and three LFOs for each instance.
The app also has a range of eleven built-in effects, including:
- Six-Band EQ
As well as all the sound design goodness, SynthMaster One gets pretty deep into Microtuning if that’s your thing. It features over 300 scales with plenty of altered tuning.
Staying on the iOS track, we had the Free MIDI Tape Recorder from Uwyn and a selection of apps from Baby Audio released earlier this year.
With so much free stuff available, it’s getting harder to make excuses for not finishing musical projects, yet I still find a way to remain in the middle of them. If you’re in the same boat, and people ask when you might finish your album, and you don’t have an answer, make up a musician, a fall guy.
Say something like, “Yeah, I’m just waiting for Alfonzo Swayze to record his trumpet lines and solos.” If said with conviction, the interested party will assume it’s a musician of note and won’t want to admit not knowing them. However, if they seem on the fence, add something like, “Yeah, he’s super-busy; he’s been touring with Chester Mintons.” Never go more than two fake musicians deep.
With any luck, your fake names will be brought up by others, with authority, in further conversations. The worst that can happen is they go home, Google your fake names and never ask you again because no one wants to admit they Google’d Alfonzo Swayze and Chester Mintons.
(I don’t actually do that…)
SynthMaster One iOS supports AudioUnits V3, all 64-bit iPad devices, and requires iOS 11 upwards.
Download: SynthMaster One (iOS app)